I am Martina, an Italian designer based in London.
I spend most of my time designing interiors or writing about it.
I also love travelling. You may find me walking around the East End of London, drinking coffee and stopping at every single bookshop I bump into.
I believe that interior design affects people’s emotions and that our homes represent who we are. It doesn’t matter whether you are renting or you own the place: it will indirectly speak about you.
I can help you – remotely – to find an interior style that’s related to your personality. Am I against trends? Not at all, but they should be used to improve your lifestyle, not to define it.
How I got here...
I’ve had a passion for architecture & design for as long as I can remember. As a kid I would sneak into my dad and granddad’s office to stare at their drawings in admiration. My enthusiasm for interior design was always undeniable. I used to start all my games setting up the right interior: my Barbie dolls have never been homeless!
I graduated in Sicily in building engineering. After that, despite my grandfather being an engineer and my dad a building contractor, I left my home town to do my own experiences.
I went to Milan where I studied interior design at the Politecnico University. A curious attitude and the desire to push my boundaries (and also a really cool Mandarin speaking Italian boyfriend!) lead me then to Beijing and finally to London.
While working for four years with interior design companies (between Milan, Beijing and London) in the luxury sector, I started to think about the fact that many people can’t afford to spend £24,000 for a designer sofa. But this doesn’t mean that their homes should look cheap. So I gave myself the goal to make contemporary and high-end design as affordable as possible, without compromising the design quality (quite a challenge, right?).
Also, I realised that a corporate job doesn’t make me happy. So I set up A DESIGNER AT HEART as a platform to develop my own voice.
This website is “my baby” and it allows me to design for many different people worldwide while writing about my passions, sharing ideas and connecting with like-minded people. Now I couldn’t be happier!
What's A Designer At Heart about?
- THE E-DESIGN
I am very proud of my blog. I usually feature interiors with a striking personality, tips from top experts, random ideas and the latest news from the interior design world! I love to explore the connection between the built environment and people’s behaviour and I have a soft spot for innovative technologies and good quality details.
2. THE BLOG
I am also a contributor writer for the interior design blog ITALIAN BARK. On “I’d like to stay here” column I talk about news and trends on hospitality design and travel.
I accept sponsored collaborations and I always disclosure this type of content. If you need to promote an event, exhibition, product, location or lifestyle idea that fit in A Designer At Heart aesthetic, I’d love to hear about it! Send an email to email@example.com and we’ll discuss how I can give you some coverage!
**Please bare in mind that I will only feature products or events if I feel that my readers could truly benefit from them**
I work hard to credit all the photographers / stylists that gave me permission to use their pictures. Nevertheless if you come across an image that has not been accurately credited, please do let me know and I’ll amend asap.
Sometimes I use my own pictures. Feel free to use them on your blog if you wish, and then credit me appropriately and let me know.
As you may have guessed, English is not my first language so please bare with me if you find grammar mistakes at times. I’m still learning and this blog is a way to improve my language skills!